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#1 Edited by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

@punyparker said:

@zarius said:

True, the only thing he's been on has been the cover for that "Last Days" tie-in for Cap and the Mighty Avengers

Still, no complaints from me, so long as we get the proper Spidey for the duration of Secret Wars (the married kind), devil-dealing douche Peter and the hollow, uninteresting posers and pretenders serving as his supporting cast can go play in traffic.

Dan Slott will be writing it,so i'm 100% sceptic about this.......

Unfortunately, I agree with @punyparker, as long as Slott writing Spider-Man, there very little chance we'll get a married peter, even if we do, with the way he writes and treats Mary Jane, there is the possibility, of which I hope I am 1000% wrong, it won't be to her.

#2 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

Preview: Spider-Gwen #1 (Unlettered) - OUT February 25, 2015.

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Covers (L-R) - Robbi Rodriguez, Robbi Rodriguez, Kris Anka, Adam Hughs

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Covers (L-R) - Skottie Young, Jorge Molina, Adam Hughs, J Scott Campbell

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Cover - Jason Latour

SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES!

• BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN!

• Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!

• From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!

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NEWSARAMA

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1st Look: SPIDER-MAN Surfs LOLA in SHIELD #3 - OUT February 25, 2015

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• DIE HARD in the Sanctum Sanctorum! With Dr. Strange elsewhere, magical terrorists have taken over Strange’s sanctum!

• Agent Coulson must lead a strike team into the mansion before time runs out for New York City, and his only available allies are Spider-Man and one of Strange’s oldest foes!

NEWSARAMA

#3 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

Amazing Spider-Man #16 'Women of Marvel' Variant by MING DOYLE Announced for March

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#4 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

From Thwip Studios

Spider-Man 2099 Episode 04

Published on 30 Jan 2015

It’s the year 2099, the future. And the future is full of menaces, but none so vile as a corrupt government and the corporations behind it! A scary future needs a hero who's just as creepy - perhaps a wall-CRAWLER of some kind? See the world of tomorrow and the cast who inhabit it as the Spider-Man of 2099 battles evil in both high and low society in the year 2099. Based on the work by industry legend Peter David.

Subscribe to my channel for updates on current and future Spider-man Motion Comics

Logo and design by http://www.jonathancordero.com

Featuring the Voice Talents of:

Keaton Bogle (Dmariin) as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-man

Kyle Konigsmark as Goblin, Punisher, Reporter

Caitlin Buckley as Dana D’Angelo, Conchata, Father Jennifer

Seth Bramwell as Venom/Kron, Gabriel

James Wilson (Deadtuna) as Public Eye Personnel, Aaron, Scientist, Thug

Martyn Luke as Tyler Stone, Professor,

Alicia Harris as Xina Kwan, Kasey, Lorene

@punyparker

#5 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know about Lowe as I'm not to familiar with his work but Slott definitley needs to go away. His characterization is non existent. His plots have clear contrivances and holes in them. Most of the best stuff from his ideas comes frome someone else. The man also cannot take criticism at all.

Nick Lowe is the editor of Amazing Spider-Man and other Spider titles, I added him because not of what Slott wrote would have have happened without his ok.

#6 Edited by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

Just thought you should know,

According to Marvel Wikia

There are NO Spider titles next week (4th), only one that might come close is Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex Alpha #1 because Venom might appear in it

on the 11th we have

3 Spider titles

and 2 non spider titles with appearances

#7 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

From CBR

SPIDER-MANDATE: Lowe Talks 'Surprise' Hit "Spider-Gwen," "Secret Wars'" Spidey Connections

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Welcome to SPIDER-MANDATE, CBR's regular column featuring the lowdown on everything Spider-Man. Whether it's the core adventures in "Amazing Spider-Man," the penultimate chapter of the "Spider-Verse" event or the other titles coming to Spidey's corner of the Marvel Universe, Peter Parker and company have a lot on their plates.

Shepherding the flock of web-swinging titles is Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe, who brings his years of experience as head of the X-Men books to Spider-Man -- and it means he's the man with all the answers when it comes to what's up with Peter Parker and Co.

SPIDER-MANDATE: "Spider-Verse's" Present, "Secret Wars'" Future

This week, Lowe discusses the importance of Mayday Parker to the end of "Spider-Verse" and how Marvel's "Secret Wars" impacted the event, as well as the surprise stars of the Spider books, Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen. Plus, we get the Lowe-down on the lost adventures of the amazing Spider-Ma'am!

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CCBR News: Let's start with "Spider-Verse," as we had a lot of stuff happen within these last few issues. Right now, everybody is either in Loomworld or heading towards Loomworld, and as we go into the last chapter, I can't help but remember Mumbai's Spider-Man saying they are all expendable, and the feeling like that's foreshadowing. Are we in for a bloodbath?

Nick Lowe: [Laughs] It certainly looks like it, doesn't it? At the very least, it's not going to be pretty; I'm not going to lie, it's not going to be pretty. They're going up against a force unlike any Spider-Man or Spider-Men and Women have ever faced before. I mean, Morlun has either killed or almost killed Peter Parker twice, and now he and his friends are going up against a whole family of them -- an immensely powerful family of them -- and they don't really have much in the way of advantage. It's going to be a rough last part, I can't lie. I just can't wait for readers to see it, because it's a really good story and it's an emotionally powerful story. And it's almost over, which is crazy to think about!

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Nick Lowe tees up the climactic finale to "Spider-Verse" in this installment of SPIDER-MANDATE

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Even though Superior Spider-Man and Peter Parker/Amazing Spider-Man have been the two focal points of this, we've gotten a lot of Mayday. She's gone through a lot, so even though this event has focused on the other Spider-Men, as we go into the last chapter, is Mayday a powder keg or the loose thread people should be paying attention to?

She's definitely a big key to the whole thing. I've been trying to say that from the very beginning; a lot of people did not believe me, but she is one of the hearts of this story. She's a character that's very close to Dan Slott's heart and my heart, and I was so glad to have Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema to do that story in "Spider-Verse Team-Up." She is kind of like the canary in the coal mine of this story, to what these villains to do our heroes. They twist them and they push them into positions that they never really had to deal with before, or know how to even deal with. That has been a cool thing to see. It really tests their mettle. It tests who they are as people and what they are both capable of doing and what they are willing to do.

CBR TV: Dan Slott Says "No One is Safe" in "Spider-Verse"

Definitely one of the prime examples of this testing, especially in the last "Amazing Spider-Man" issue, has been Otto/Superior Spider-Man reacting with shock at the safe spot's devastating wasteland and beginning to realize he is not the future Spider-Man!

Yeah! That other shoe drops!

That's huge for him! Are we going to see a lot more of that important realization play out by the end of this?

Oh, yeah! The two main characters of this story are Amazing Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man. That's been kind of the way Dan and I have organized the whole thing. You can kind of see it a little bit, especially in the first several of chapters. The first chapter is very much Amazing Spider-Man's story. The second chapter is very much Superior Spider-Man's story, and they alternate a little bit up until Amazing takes over, but they are really the central characters here. Getting to see them interact has been one of the best things about this story. "Superior Spider-Man" was such an unexpected hit in a lot of ways and in how much people like it, but getting to see these two iconic Spider-Men and how different they are at their very cores is so interesting and so cool. You also get to see them tested and see what happens. "Are they that different?" you even wonder at times. That's going to be one of the biggest things people should watch for as we race towards the climax.

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EXCLUSIVE: Art from "Amazing Spider-Man" #14 by Olivier Coipel

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One of the things I've enjoyed most out of this was just getting to see all these versions of Spider-Man interact -- you've definitely now made me a fan of May Parker: Spider-Ma'am.

[Laughs] I actually tweeted about that! To me, that was the pun of the year! That was all Christos Gage, and I nearly fell off my chair when I read, "Aunt May! You're Spider-Ma'am?" Oh my God! So funny! [Laughter] And what a hero she is! Look what she's about to sacrifice for her family!

She's ready to go out!

She's actually from one of the very first issues of "What If?" and this was kind of behind-the-scenes fun. As soon as I saw that, I was like, we have to get her in the story! Dan said, "No, she's too ridiculous!" And to have Dan say that to me is such a reversal. He's the one who pushed the talking Spider-Buggy! Finally, I found a place to do it, and Christos was game, so we put that together and Christos just put it over the top. We actually ended up trimming his script a little bit because it was almost too much to fit in one story. There was an even more hilarious ending to it where she made them all wheat cakes, it's such a classic Aunt May bit. But I love Spider-Ma'am.

Latour Gives "Spider-Gwen" a Dangerous Homecoming

Speaking of beloved characters, when Spider-Verse wraps up in February, we're going to have "Spider-Gwen" and "Silk" starting up. It also seems that you could group "Spider-Woman" in there too, as she's getting a whole new look after the event ends.

It's an exciting time to be a Spider fan, I have to say. I think one of the things "Spider-Verse" showed the world is how deep the bench is of the Spider books. For so long, almost all the Spider books, pretty much since "Spider-Girl's" cancellation, have been Peter Parker-centric. One of the things "Edge Of Spider-Verse" and "Spider-Verse" show people is, no, no, no -- that bench is way deeper, with new characters like Spider-Gwen, or characters who have been around.

"Spider-Woman" has been a huge passion project for me. I wanted to launch it during "Spider-Verse" to give it the best chance to get in the hands of as many people as possible. The "Spider-Verse" event has a huge emphasis on what it does to Jessica, but where she goes from here is a pretty big departure. It was pretty much what Dennis [Hopeless] and I planned from the get-go. I commissioned the re-design well before the first issue of "Spider-Verse" came out, well before Dennis turned in the first script for the book.

"Silk," we just sent to the printer this week. It's so good! It's one of Robbie Thompson's first comics that he's written, but he's such a veteran TV writer, and you can see it. He's such a pro and the first issue is so much fun. It is heart-wrenching at times, and exciting, but it's such great set-up. I can't wait for people to see Stacey Lee's art and see how great that book is with this great new character.

And then "Spider-Gwen" is the book that created itself in a lot of ways. It took on a life of its own on the Internet. I'm so excited about it -- we're sending that to the printer next week, and it is fantastic. Robbi [Rodriguez] is already done with the second issue and is on the third, and the book takes you places you'll never expect to go. It is so cool and the sales numbers are looking really great on it, so people should start pre-ordering from their comics shops. It's really easy to do, all you really need to do is call your shop and say, "Hey, reserve this for me." Start a pull list. Because it will sell out, I can almost guarantee you. We've got some great marketing stuff coming up.

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Spider-Gwen has undoubtedly been the breakout character from Spider-Verse, and will soon star in a solo ongoing - Jason Latour's HeroesCon variant for issue #1

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It's pretty obvious Gwen is the breakout star of this event. Why do you think fans have latched onto her and have elevated her to this character they are so excited about?

I wish I could claim credit. So much of the credit goes to Robbi Rodriguez's costume design. A lot of credit goes to that, and a lot of credit goes to how much love people have for Gwen Stacy. The combination of that and the guerrilla marketing Jason Latour and Robbi did is this magic in a bottle. As soon as they started to turn stuff in, I knew that we had something really special, but I had no idea it would get this big. I had hoped when we put "Edge Of Spider-Verse" #2 together that maybe we could get a book out of that. But I didn't 'know' at all.

I think we just got copies of the fourth printing of "Edge Of Spider-Verse" #2, orders are pretty huge on "Spider-Gwen" #1, which I'm very excited about. I've never really had an experience like this in my twelve years at Marvel, of this lightning striking in such a big way. We're under a lot of pressure, of course, to deliver the goods, but I think people are going to love this book. It is just unlike any other book that we put out, or that, I think, anyone puts out. It has such a great energy to it. It is action-packed and so full of character. Ah, I can't say enough good things about this book!

Alonso, Brevoort Discuss Universe-Melding "Secret Wars," Address the Reboot Question

To take a step outside of "Spider-Verse," Marvel recently announced details of the upcoming "Secret Wars" event. That is a multiverse event and "Spider-Verse" is a multiverse event; I know you guys at Marvel plan things way in advance, so did "Secret Wars" impact or change what you are doing in "Spider-Verse?"

Absolutely, in a lot of different ways. There's a few things: Dan Slott loves planting seeds in stuff, and there are some seeds that he planted along the way here that are going to have big effects on our Spider plans for "Secret Wars." We've only just kind of shown the tip of that iceberg, as far as what we're doing in regard to "Secret Wars." We had one teaser image that we didn't really say what it is yet. There are a few more bullets in our gun we're going to be firing off in the next month or so, but I cannot wait for people to see what we've got up our sleeves. The "Secret Wars" event, people are scared in part, rightfully, but knowing what we're doing and what's coming out, I think it is going to push some of the most interesting and unique creative visions anyone has seen or any major publisher has put out in a long time. It is so cool.

They've released the Battleworld map, and it seems there's going to be a lot of Spider-Man and Spider-Man related areas involved in the event. Is "Spider-Verse" a lead up to "Secret Wars?" How involved is the Spider group going to be in this event?

I certainly wouldn't say it's a prelude. There are elements that will lead to different things, and there is some overlap in things. We've already seen a little bit of it in the "Edge Of Spider-Verse" issues of "Amazing Spider-Man." We touched base in Otherworld and saw a little nod towards the incursions and stuff that is going on in "Avengers" and "New Avengers." We see a little more of that in the last chapter, in the epilogue of "Spider-Verse" still to come. But that's pretty much all I can say at this point.

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As for Spider-Man's role during and after "Secret Wars," Lowe kept things understandably mysterious

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Then let's toss it over to fan questions, the first coming from Macho Mustachio, who asks:

With many new Spider-men (and ladies) becoming fan favorites in Spider-verse, will we see any more Spider characters getting a shot at a series or mini (like Gwen)? Personally I love Supaidaman, Sp//dr, Spider-Ham and Spider-Punk. Also seems like a perfect time to do a Rocket Raccoon, Howard the Duck and Spider-Ham team up.

[Laughs] That sounds like a whole publishing plan! I love it when people do my job for me. That's perfect.

John Ossie asks: Mr. Lowe. With ''Secret Wars'' coming up, how involved is Silk going to be in the lead-up to ''Secret Wars?''

The main place to see Silk is in her ongoing series. She will continue to be a part of "Amazing Spider-Man" at some very specific times, but for Silk, you should definitely look at her series for most of her action.

And we've got time for one from Alucard2099:

Are there any plans for a Spider-Girl Anya Corazon after Spider-verse if she survives (DO NOT KILL HER OFF!! Please!!)?

[Evil laughter] All I can say is, she definitely has a big role in the end of "Spider-Verse." You got a taste of it in #13 with her Spider-reading skills, but she will continue to have a pretty big role as we finish in the epilogue of "Spider-Verse." After that, she'd have to live through it, so I can't promise anything. I look forward to the love or hate mail this person sends me after "Spider-Verse" ends.

This interview really has given you a lot of time to practice your evil laugh, every time we ask about characters dying.

That's true! Please include in the parenthetical you do, "evil laugher." [More evil laughter]

Ok, then to end our talk with "diabolical mastermind Nick Lowe," this event has been so much about bringing in many of the characters fans love. So what is your favorite Spider-person who has popped into "Spider-Verse," Nick?

One would definitely have to be Spider-Ham. I have a love of puns, and Dan and Christos in "Team-Up" have really had some choice porcine puns.

Other than that, it's great to see Spider-Man India come back; I actually worked on the book when it was coming out, I guess it was ten, eleven years ago at this point, making me feel real, real old! But it was great to see Pavitr Prabhakar back again in the books.

We'll be back to discuss what's next for Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and more -- so make sure to send questions our way by heading over to the SPIDER-MANDATE CBR Community thread!

#8 Edited by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-Gwen #1 Limited Edition Comix Exclusive cover by Jorge Molina

#9 Edited by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

From CBR

Marvel's 'Next Big Thing': Bendis, Bagley Talk "Ultimate End"

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Big changes are coming to the Marvel Universe as part of the upcoming "Secret Wars" event and nothing will ever be the same again -- especially for the Ultimate Universe. The line-wide event will kick off when the two main Marvel Universes merge into one as a result of an "incursion," an Earth-destroying cosmic event that's been plaguing the pages of "New Avengers." The final fate of the Ultimate line of comics, which launched back in 2000 in "Ultimate Spider-Man" #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, will be revealed in a new series from those same creators.

Alonso, Brevoort Discuss Universe-Melding "Secret Wars," Address the Reboot Question

Talking "Ultimate End" with the comic press today is series writer Brian Michael Bendis and series artist Mark Bagley, as well as editor Mark Paniccia and former Ultimate editor Ralph Macchio. CBR will be updating this article live with a full report of the discussion. Up first, take a peek at two newly revealed covers for "Ultimate End" #1 as well as the cover for "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #12.

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The call kicked off with Marvel PR's Chris D'Lando calling back to "Secret Wars," noting that we're about to say goodbye to the Ultimate Universe when it smashes into the Marvel Universe at the start of the event. D'Lando ran through the highlights of the universe's fifteen year run, not the least of which being the beginning of Bendis' career at Marvel. This May, Bendis and Bagley will reunite for a five-issue limited series -- "Ultimate End" -- chronicling the end of the Ultimate Universe. D'Lando called this a somber call, causing Bendis to quip, "This is the first I'm hearing of this! I'll hand in my tear-soaked scripts to you."

When asked about reuniting, Bendis admitted that they were put together like a blind date, a la the Spice Girls or Backstreet boys. "Mark was the perfect collaborator for me to start my Marvel career," said Bendis, prompting Bagley to correct him. "I was a cranky bastard to begin with!"

"There were things I needed to know and do better and Mark was very gracious about it and snapped me into shape very fast," said Bendis. "'Ultimate Spider-Man' was greenlit as a mini-series and I kinda pretended that I didn't hear them." Mark Bagley was originally only supposed to do the first arc, but he ended up staying on for 111 episodes. "I kept him interested past the fifth issue and into #111."

Bagley stated that he's proud to have a big run under his belt, saying it's more satisfying than doing a mini-series. "The first issue came out and was so well received by fans, I said 'Can I please stay on?' They'd already hired Leonard Kirk to replace me," revealed Bagley.

"We've worked together on little projects on and off," said Bendis, citing their creator-owned series "Brilliant." "We don't part ways long enough for me to miss him, but I'm not doing ['Ultimate End'] without Mark."

D'Lando then turned the questioning over to Ralph Macchio, who originally edited "Ultimate Spider-Man." "I have to be honest, I did not do the pairing," said Macchio. "That was Joe Quesada. I wasn't familiar with Brian's work... It was Joe who did the pairing and it was absolutely inspired. He picked someone who was a brilliant writer and paired him up with an artist established on 'Spider-Man.' I loved working with them, but I was not the guy who put them together."

Bendis also gave a hat tip to Bill Jemas, who also was influential in matching Bendis to Bagley. "My favorite Ralph memory from those early days was when Ralph called me up and said, 'Of the seven or eight ways you're spelling 'Osborn,' none of them are correct," recalled Bendis.

Mark Paniccia has been overseeing the Ultimate line for seven years now, editing Bendis on "Miles Morales." "I've got a real sense of trust and respect for both of them," said Paniccia. "I knew Brian before the 'Ultimate' days, so I was very familiar with his stuff, and Mark I just had the pleasure of working with on the 'Ultimate' books and 'Hulk.' I can rely on him."

"You don't have to call me every other day to get to work," Bagley chimed in. "I still have a job in this business because editors don't have to call me."

D'Lando switched gears to "Ultimate End," saying there's probably not a lot we can talk about. "Here's what I want to say about this," said Bendis. "What you're getting here is the first announcement past 'Secret Wars.' What you're going to get a sense of from here on out is that these are not tie-ins in the traditional sense. These are very important pieces of the Marvel Universe an for these characters. The tie-ins themselves are actually an event unto themselves. This would be it's own event if there wasn't a 'Secret Wars.' These are gigantic stories and very important, and what comes out the other side is going to be different. These series are setting you up and letting you know what pieces are coming out the other side. That's what I think this first storyline represents. Look how big this is; this is the end of something gigantic we've been working on for fifteen years... This isn't the craziest thing that's going to happen."

Looking back on "Cataclysm," which almost featured the destruction of the universe, D'Lando asked Bagley if he's excited to draw the real end of the Ultimate U. "I'm excited about it. I'm curious to see who's going to go in the gestalt of who's going in. I know Miles is in it, I hope there's Ultimate Squirrel Girl."

"Mark is very emotional," said Bendis. "He's able to draw scenes I pull dialogue off of because the emotions are on the page. Mark has not been given those kinds of scenes to do before, and it ends up he's magnificent at them. I will be tapping right into Mark's ability to get a little tear out of people, and a laugh too."

Attention turned to Miles Morales and his prominent role in "Secret Wars." "It started when it first came out and there was a lot of fan art," said Bendis. "People think I went up to Jonathan [Hickman] and told him to use Miles, but I came to the big retreat and found out how big a part Miles has and was immensely flattered because I'm over the moon about the reaction to the character. The reaction to Miles is unique and profound. It happens almost daily when someone reaches out to us online with massive cosplay representation or how much the character means to them personally." Bendis adds that most of his interactions with Miles fans ends with a hug. "Creators like Jonathan know that that's happening, and he's also still so wide eyed fresh to the comic world that he's a very good character to put into a story like this. His perspective is fresh. The Avengers have been through everything, but Miles has not been through everything."

D'Lando then asked all four participants one question, what they would remember most about the Ultimate Universe. "Mine will be the collaborations," said Bendis. "It formed me as the kind of creator that I am. Mark and Stuart and David Lafuente and Sara and David Marquez, my greatest achievements in comics is working with them... Number two is the reaction to Miles... When 'Ultimate Spider-Man' was announced, it was met with such division online and I was confused about why people were mad about something they hadn't seen yet. The about face when the issue came out, that almost never happens. I was very happy about the whole thing."

"Like Brian said, we make such a great team," added Bagley. "I couldn't stay on a book for 111 issues if I didn't love what I was doing... I only left because I felt like I needed to do something different. I'm proud of that body of work, you can take a weekend to read it. It has ups and downs. My ten-year-old grandson just read the whole series and he just got to the 'Freaky Friday' crossover [where Wolverine and Spider-Man switch bodies] and he was laughing out loud about it... It was magic, I'm getting all weepy about it."

"For me it was watching this secondary Marvel Universe kind of bubble up and not only surviving but thriving," said Macchio. "At the beginning, 'Ultimate Spider-Man' was met with derision, and watching people begin to take notice of this title, and then as we added additional titles, watching each of them become part of a foundation of a fully realized Marvel Universe -- I loved working on these things because I felt like I was in charge of my own version of the Marvel Universe."

"What was out of our control," added Bendis, "was that Mark's art became the face of Spider-Man for years. You'd go to stores and see 'Ultimate Spider-Man.' It's immensely flattering when you think of our meager beginnings."

"I think it's the fact that it changed the paradigm of how fans viewed the Marvel characters," added Paniccia. "I'm proud of all the creators and careers that were launched out of it. There's a lot to be proud of."

A question was asked about when the series takes place in relation to the incursion event. "I don't know what I'm allowed to say," added Bendis. "I'll say concurrently. I'm trying as hard as I can to not accidentally spoil Jonathan's story. I'm not sure what he wants said, but by the end of it, it will all come together."

When asked if the series would crossover with other realities, like the main "Secret Wars" event, and Bendis said, "That's a very good question" followed by a humorous amount silence. Bendis did mention that Batman is the one alternate universe character he would like to use. "This is opening the door to some opportunities that we're glad to make the most of," added Bendis.

A question was asked about the Marquez cover which features a presumed dead Ultimate Captain America; Bendis could not reveal if that means the character is back from the dead or not. "I'm so fearful of Hickman," said Bendis. "I don't want him to snap. I don't want him to come at me!"

Ralph Macchio was asked if he had any idea the Ultimate Universe would last as long as it did. "'Ultimate Spider-Man' was intended as a mini series," said Macchio. "There was no sign this was going to continue. As time went on and we began to add titles and I saw it coalesce and solidify, I began to believe we had something that was going to stay around and in some sense be a competitor to the main Marvel Universe. At the beginning, no I didn't have that vision."

"One thing I would say, at one point along the way, four of five issues into it, we had not had Peter Parker in the costume," Macchio continued. "I remember some people coming to me and asking about the sales on the book. My response was, 'Brian and Mark were telling the story beautifully and we don't have to have him in costume and go that cliche route, and I stood by that and I believe that was the right take. Let them tell the story the right way, we didn't have to shoehorn in Peter Parker in costume."

A line from "All-New X-Men" regarding X-23's question asking if there's a universe where heroes are allowed to be heroes, Bendis acknowledged that he was hinting towards this event. He wanted to get a crossover in with the Ultimate Universe before "Ultimate End." Other hints have been dropped, like a crazy guy in a police station in an early issue of "Miles Morales." "Anything I know that's coming up in comics, I will have a crazy cross-dressing prostitute person yelling about what's going to happen next summer," said Bendis.

A question was asked if any plans changed along the way regarding the Ultimate Universe. "We totally changed the tone of the book in issue #13 when Peter came out to Mary Jane," said Bendis referencing the early changes made to the Ultimate plans. "It's never about trying to wrap it up, and I've never had an end idea. When we had the idea to bring Miles in, it changed everything we were doing with the Ultimate Universe yet was an obvious extension of what the Ultimate Universe is supposed to be. You go with it and make the most of it."

Mark Bagley then revealed that Kitty Pryde was his favorite non-Spider-Man Ultimate character to draw. "I gave her a distinctive angular face," said Bagley. "She had distinctive features that made her fun to draw." Bendis added that Miles' costume can be a bit hard to draw, revealing that Joe Quesada made the decision to invert the colors thus making it tougher to draw the webbing. Bendis then told a story about Bagley's decision early on to draw from angles he'd never seen before. "It was quite lovely to see in the pencils," said Bendis.

When asked if they could go for another 111 issues with "Ultimate End," Bendis joked that it's his intention to milk this for a while. "I like the long run," added Bagley. "I think it works towards the betterment of the book. The consistency of it, they knew it wasn't going to be someone they don't like. They can pick it up and identify who the characters are because of consistency. It weakens a product when there's a change every six issues."

Bendis was asked if he's sad about writing Miles for the last time, and Bendis caught the loaded nature of the question. The writer did not reveal whether or not this series will be his last work with Miles Morales, adding, "I don't feel sad about anything in this right now. I feel empowered."

Bendis was then asked which Ultimate versions he's most proud of. "Jameson and Ultimate Venom," answered Bendis. "Turning Jonah into a fully formed person is something I'm not ashamed to say I'm proud of."

"He was really fun to draw, too," said Bagley. "I remember the scene when his son died, and he's standing there in the trench coat... I was having so much fun drawing these characters acting."

"I looked at this as an opportunity to adapt a book like you adapt a Shakespeare play," said Bendis. "None of Spider-Man was broken. Aunt May wasn't broken. You just evolve them into something more well rounded and use everything that comics does."

"One of the things I really admire Brian for was that we played around with the clone idea again," said Macchio. "I thought that was wonderful. Going back to the clone stuff was like poison, but Brian and Mark did it beautifully." Macchio and Bagley, who were involved with the original '90s clone saga, admitted that doing it the second time in the Ultimate Universe was a bit of a healing process. One remake that didn't take hold was a tailless version of the Scorpion that Bendis tried to push through; "It was hard to write, 'and then he swings his butt!'"

The last question was regarding Peter Parker and his recent return. "I knew for a while which was very freeing and allowed me to make a bucket list for the whole universe, and I wanted to tell the Peter story. I wanted to do the crossover with the X-Men. We've been getting them all done. The story we're telling with Miles Morales will tie into 'Secret Wars' and tie up a lot of really big pieces with the Ultimate chronology. You're going to get legitimate closure with a lot of characters. It's very rare that you get this opportunity to wrap it up. It's like television, when you get a final season. That's how I've been writing 'Miles Morales'... Will you see Peter in 'Ultimate End'? Yes you will."

"Ultimate End" #1 goes on sale in May.

#10 Posted by animehunter (2415 posts) - - Show Bio

From CBR

Marvel's "Secret Wars" - Not a Dream, Not a Hoax & Definitely Not a Reboot

"Things will never be the same!"

"Heroes will live, heroes will die!"

"The end is coming!"

Whenever a major event hits the Big Two comic book universes, phrases like these are bandied about. Typically, they end up being more bluster than promise, but sometimes, these words should be taken seriously. With Marvel heading into "Secret Wars," all signs point to readers being on the cusp of the latter, as the publisher has outright promised an event that will change the foundations of the Marvel Universe.

Over the decades, fandom has become a bit gun shy when it comes to reality-altering events, the term "reboot" brandished for every major change in story direction or continuity. Ever since DC Comics' last reboot, 2011's New 52 launch, resulted in a great initial swell of sales success, fans have been predicting, anticipating and even fearing a Marvel reboot as well. Now, with "Secret Wars" set to fundamentally alter the Marvel and Ultimate Universes, fans are taking to the blogosphere debating the pros and cons of the upcoming reality shaking event. While some fans directly accuse Marvel of copying DC, others express ennui over what they view as yet another reboot by a major company. However, while "Secret Wars" is obviously a deck clearing of sorts, a way to shake up the status quo of a 75 year old narrative universe, it is categorically not a reboot.

Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe Set to Combine in "Secret Wars"

To prove this assertion, let's first look at past events that were undeniably reboots. The DC Universe following the events of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was a full-on reboot. The universal structure of the shared universe was completely altered, with all of DC's myriad Earths being amalgamated into one super-Earth containing all of DC's Golden Age heroes and the heroes the publisher purchased from companies like Fawcett, Quality and Charlton. They now all lived in one reality, and all the stories that took place before the "Crisis" were now expunged from history. Those tales of yesteryear were delegated to back issue bins and memory. When a fan read the first issue of John Byrne's "Man of Steel," or the first issue of Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One," those issues were the first adventures of these post-"Crisis" heroes. DC's icons were suddenly without the benefit or baggage of fifty years of history.

With a few cosmetic alterations and even fewer exceptions, the same holds true for DC's New 52. After "Flashpoint," all the DC titles started from square one, without many threads or references to what came before. Some titles, like the "Batman" family of books and "Green Lantern," carried over many of the same story beats (both titles were big hits at the time of the reboot), but other books, like "Superman" and "Wonder Woman," were free of the constraints of the previous continuity. Virtually no threads remained + the narrative continuity beginning anew = reboot.

Jonathan Hickman's "Secret Wars," however, does not seem to be going down the same path as DC's reboots. The characters entering into this new era constructed of bits and pieces of many Marvel Universe realities are entering the fray with their narrative histories intact. It's the universe under the characters' feet that is changing, not the characters themselves. When the smoke clears, it seems that the Spider-Man that fans have been thrilling to all these years will be the same Spider-Man that enters the Battleworld of "Secret Wars." The same Peter Parker that has fought Green Goblins, that was replaced by Doctor Octopus, that was a victim of "Kraven's Last Hunt" and that lost Gwen Stacy will be the same Spider-Man fighting the good fight post-"Secret Wars." The world Spider-Man lives in will be vastly different, but Spidey will still be Spidey. Hence, no reboot.

The big question to ask, then, is will this new universe please fans? While there is most certainly going to be a contingent of readers who will be unhappy with the revamped status quo, if the post-"Secret Wars" Marvel Universe consists of quality writers working on compelling tales, the cosmic make up of the universe matters very little. If a comic like Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" or Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" had taken place in a newly formatted Marvel Universe, would it have had any effect on the quality of the stories?

Alonso, Brevoort Discuss Universe-Melding "Secret Wars," Address the Reboot Question

Therein lies the key. A true reboot changes characters. Histories, timelines, relationships, costumes -- all of this altered by a hard reboot. At this point, Marvel's event appears to be a reboot of setting, so the House of Ideas can construct a clearer home base for its characters. What that setting will look like after it is all said and done is anyone's guess, but the characters will still be familiar to their fans. They may be in different configurations, and the rules of metafiction that make up the Marvel Universe may be different, but the reason we all plunk down our cash, the characters that sprang from the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, will maintain their identities. Do you really think Marvel will disrupt the development of the fan-favorite "Ms. Marvel" and start over from whole cloth? Of course not. Hence, it's not a reboot.

Let's go back to the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" example. While the death of the Kara Zor-El version of Supergirl was a major story point, by the time "Crisis" was over, no one remembered her. She was erased from history. In "Crisis," DC established the idea of a selective reboot. Kara was gone and forgotten, but the Crisis' other legendary casualty, Barry Allen, was still an integral part of the Flash mythos. Barry was dead, and nary an issue of the new "Flash" comic went by where Wally West didn't evoke the name of his mentor. But all those stories featuring the JLA teaming with the JSA, or Superboy being the inspiration for the Legion of Super Heroes! They were all gone.

The New 52 completely erased DC's Golden Age history, the coming of the superhero now heralded by the arrival of Superman. All those Geoff Johns "JSA" stories were now gone, and something else was in their place. Marvel does not seem to be doing that with "Secret Wars." Captain America will still have fought with the Invaders in World War II, the Kree/Skrull War will still have taken place and all those touchstone Marvel moments will still have happened. Or at least, we think they will have. What makes this not a reboot is the characters' awareness of the changes in their shared universe and the fact that no reset switch is being hit.

Even if, after reading the above arguments, you still insist that "Secret Wars" sounds like a reboot, consider that we constantly experience mini reboots with Marvel and DC, on a regular basis. Every ten years or so, both companies seem to change, with heroes changing appearance and voice even while existing in the same continuity. Wasn't the first issue of Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" fundamentally different from anything that came before? Didn't the Beast change appearance without a real story explanation, and didn't the characters in the book talk differently than just a month previous? Let's face it, constant reboots happen in comics all the time just to reset timelines. When the Fantastic Four was first introduced, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm were both veterans of World War II. There was never an in-story explanation years later why the two men were all of a sudden not WWII vets. Fans just chalked it up to Marvel's moving time scale, itself a constant reboot tool. Peter Parker, even though he is the "same" Peter Parker introduced by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, never went to sock hops and never went to high school in a pre-Vietnam War era, because if he did, the web-slinging hero would be pushing seventy. We accept that Peter gained his Spider powers in some kind of amorphous time line, maybe about ten years ago, and in those ten years, all the adventures we are familiar with took place. The only character that stays of his era is Captain America, who will always be part of the Greatest Generation, but the day he was defrosted, that continues to change, with no in-story explanation. It just is.

With "Secret Wars," Marvel is set to make a boat load of these little resets, the same ones that keep our icons young. But this time, instead of a time shift happening almost imperceptibly, Marvel is marketing and branding them by placing the very familiar and very marketable "Secret Wars" label on all of it to hopefully drive people into the comic shops come May. In one massive move, Marvel will be able to re-align characters they feel need a fresh coat of paint. It's a way to market the Marvel Universe arrival of Miles Morales and have him play a major role with Marvel's other famous icons, and it's a way to do the unthinkable by killing, eliminating, resetting or reviving characters as Marvel sees fit, but through it all, the timeline that began in "Fantastic Four" #1 will still remain the basis of the Marvel Universe. We don't know what we will be left with when "Secret Wars" ends, but fans should be able to rest easy knowing that while the setting of the new Marvel Universe may be a very different one, "Secret Wars" is not a reboot. It's something new and exciting and daring, and maybe, depending on how well Marvel pulls it off, it can prove to be legendary.